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iPhone Data Recovery - Undelete Photos, SMS, Contacts & More Files

Updated on August 16, 2016

Recover Deleted or Lost Files from iPhone

Using an iPhone is one thing, losing data is another. But what if the two just come together? That's going to be a disaster, isn't it? Have you ever accidentally deleted files off your iPhone, or the device got stolen, broken, or water damaged? And all of these put you in a situation that touches your nerve because you have so many precious files such as photos, Contacts, memos, text messages, etc. stored on your device. For sure, you want them back. But how?

**Read on for the solutions on how to perform iPhone data recovery on your own without sending the device to Apple or third-party data rescue agencies.

Please Note: the solutions below support all modern iPhones including iPhone 4/4S/5/5C/5S & latest iPhone 6/6+/6S. They can work to restore many types of files including Contacts, SMS, Calendar, Call History, What'sApp, Safari bookmarks, Notes, Voice Memos, photos, videos, music, iBooks reading etc.

Does Any of These Sound Familiar to You?

Here are several common iPhone data loss scenarios

  • Your iPhone is stolen or lost, all files are gone - Oh, NO.
  • The device got water damaged, broken or has suffered other physical damage.
  • Accidental deletion of key files such as text messages, pictures, movies, songs etc.
  • iOS system update fails, causing partial data loss.
  • iPhone freezes after getting infected with some viruses or malicious applications.
  • Software or hardware malfunction or corruption when syncing iPhone with iTunes.
  • Other situations.

Can Deleted or Lost Files Be Recovered from an iPhone?

Impossible? That Is Common Belief!

As is known to all that iPhone uses quite different storage mechanism. For example, the iPhone 4S is available in three sizes: 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. All data is stored on the internal flash memory other than expanded storage through a memory card slot, or the SIM card etc. So many of us think there is no way to recover files that are removed by accident.

**However there is another feature that we should not ignore - iTunes, a tool like a hub to connect and sync all data between your iPhone and a PC or Mac. As a matter of fact, every time you sync data between an iPhone and iTunes, all previous data will be automatically backed up by iTunes and stored as a .sqlitedb file, which will be updated along with the later sync continuously. But those backup files can't be viewed or taken out unless you use some specific software using special algorithms to extract.

That's the reason why those iPhone data recovery software (see below) are born for, to help recover deleted or lost files from an iPhone (even broken, stolen) via iTunes backups.

iPhone Data Recovery Software That Work

MyiOSData -- here you can find a list of tools to manage iPhone data, one of which is Data Recovery for iOS, an easy yet powerful data rescue tool that helps get back your iPhone photos, songs, videos, test messages, call list, Contacts and books (purchased via iBook Store etc), etc. lost due to accidental deletion or iOS crash. The app provides three different recovery modes (Recover from iOS Device, iTunes Backup, and iCloud), which is one of the most comprehensive software in the market. The trial version allows you to scan and preview the lost files before they are fully restored.

Note: the software recommended has both a Windows and Macintosh versions. That means if you are using a PC, be sure to download the Windows version (Windows XP, 7, 8, 10); For Macs, get the Macintosh version (OS X 10.6 above including El Capitan & macOS Sierra). The program works even without requiring you to connect your iPhone or launch iTunes, simply install it on your PC or Mac and click run to have a quick scan. After that you'll likely see a list of recoverable items showing up in the program pane.

Please Note

The software recommended above work under Windows (with .exe extension) or Mac OS X (with .dmg extension) operating system. Don't try to install them on your iPhone as it won't work.

Helpful Tips to Protect iPhone Data Safe

  • Make multiple copies of your precious iPhone data on a regular basis. This is by far the most effective way to avoid data loss and panic caused.
  • Though I don't like using phone case, but I still recommend you get one so the chances of your iPhone getting physical damage will be much lower.
  • Always think twice before you really decide to delete something or reset your iPhone, check if there are something important left behind.

There should be more tips out there. Check this CNET article. Anyway, be gentle to your iPhone and he/she will return the favor.

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